We Can’t Wait to See You!
Welcome back to campus! We hope your summer was empowering and invigorating, because we have a lot of exciting work to do this year. We will continue offering opportunities in social entrepreneurship and internships, and we look forward to partnering with U-M schools and community organizations for an exciting new Social Impact Challenge.
Join us at the Ross School of Business in Room R0230 this Thursday Sep. 8 at 4:30pm for the Center for Social Impact Student Kickoff to learn about the Center’s offerings and meet fellow Social Impact students from Ross and other schools.
Apply Today for Board Fellowship Program
Board Fellowship Information Sessions and the application deadline are next week! The Center for Social Impact’s Board Fellowship program places top graduate students as board members at Southeast Michigan nonprofits. The application, which includes a complete list of participating organizations, is available on our website, and is due Fri, Sept. 16 at noon.
You must attend one of the info sessions below in order to apply for 2016-17:
- Board Fellowship Information Session
@ R2230 Ross School of Business
Mon, Sep. 12: 5:30 – 7pm
- Board Fellowship Information Session
@ Betty Ford Room, Ford School of Public Policy
Wed, Sep. 14: 6:30 – 8pm
Why I Chose to Spend My Internship Working with Entrepreneurs in Salt Lake City
This past summer, Social Entrepreneurship Fellow Brianna Brazell (MBA/MS ’17) worked with the Center for Social Impact and the Erb Institute to create her own internship experience in her hometown. Brianna arranged to spend two weeks each with five entrepreneurs — Avrec Art House, The Chocolate Conspiracy, The Utah House, Jed’s Barber Shop and Buzzed Coffee Truck. In a blog, she candidly shares her background, her hopes for the summer, and the experiences that shaped those ten weeks.
Interested in learning more about how the Center can support your summer experience? Attend the Internship Info Session, Oct. 6.
New Course to Address Board Governance
Professor Janet Weiss announces a new course being offered in Fall B 2016. Though not a requirement for Board Fellowship participation, this 1.5 credit course will help students develop the understanding and skills that will enable them to be effective board members now and in the future. For questions, contact Janet Weiss or see the course brief.
Last month we moved to the brand-new building on the Ross School of Business campus. Now, you can find us on the third floor of Kresge West at K3510. We are pleased to share our floor with our friends from Erb, Sanger, and other centers. Next to our suite is a new collaborative student work space.
Where You Can Find Us This Month
September is a time for greeting returning students and acquainting new students with us. We will be at the following sessions this month, and we’d love to say “hi.”
School of Social Work
Sep. 7: Noon – 2 pm
Taubman School of Architecture
Sep. 9: Noon – 2 pm
Ford School of Public Policy
Student Organizations Fair
Sep. 13: 11:30 am – 1 pm
@ TechArb (505 E. Liberty)
Social entrepreneurs are encouraged to take part in this event, sponsored by all of the entrepreneurial programs across campus, including the Center for Social Impact. Mingle with us, and then pitch to prospective team members and conclude with targeted networking. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to pitch. Please include your first and last name, company name and a 1-2 line description of your startup idea.
Community News and Events
Tues, Sep. 13
@ LTU Detroit Center for Design
Brand Camp is a gathering of thought leaders, technologists, geeks, and creatives around a discussion on branding, entrepreneurial thinking, social media and the use of technology. Brand Camp helps people build, launch, and grow ideas and use technology as personal brands, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs (employees), small businesses and corporations that change cities, like Detroit.
Does your organization need help with information management?
The University of Michigan School of Information is seeking clients to receive free consulting on information management needs, from information process flow to content management systems. Project lengths can range from one day to an entire term.
Tues, Sept. 13: 6:30 pm
@ Hill Auditorium
Ross is excited to welcome best-selling author and entrepreneur, Malcolm Gladwell for a lecture entitled “The Innovator’s Heart: The Social Context of Entrepreneurship.” In this event, he will discuss business creation from his unique and often provocative perspective. The event is open to the public, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Wed-Sun, Sep. 21-25
The sixth-annual Detroit Design Festival (DDF), returns with its annual citywide celebration of creativity. The event brings together designers and enthusiasts alike to celebrate Detroit’s role as a design capital. In celebration of Detroit’s new designation as a UNESCO City of Design – the first city in the United States – DDF events and programs will be exploring the ways in which design is shaping Detroit’s future.
Sun, Sep. 25: 6 – 8:30 pm
@ Jam Handy, Detroit
Join microgranters and innovators for a potluck dinner where neighbors help fund neighborhood projects! Learn about creative projects happening in Detroit and vote on which project to fund with the money raised from the dinner. Anyone is welcome to attend the dinner, but all project proposals must benefit Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park residents.
Internship Information Session